Without further ado…
My name is Kim O’Donoghue and a live in a small seaside town in Massachusetts. I have always had a passion for my home. I am happiest when I am creating…whether it be cooking, sewing, painting, or crafting. Christmas is a time of the year that I especially love to use my creativity. I’d like to thank Jen for letting me share my passions on Migonis Home!
Every year I try to give some kind of homemade gift. This year I found myself swooning over those script monograms! I love the simplicity and rustic look of burlap so I forged the two to create these ornaments.
I played with the font, KK Monogram, downloaded from Dafont.com. I made separate text blocks with each letter; you have to play with it a bit and make adjustments. I then cut a piece of burlap a bit smaller than a 8.5 x 11 paper. I lightly sprayed the burlap, I used Elmer’s craft bond, spray adhesive, adhering it to the paper. Smooth the burlap to the piece of paper and be sure there are no stray pieces of burlap, if so, peel them away. Run the burlap sheet through your printer! I was able to get two ornaments on each piece. The rest is some sewing and stuffing.
Here are some photos of my home decorated for Christmas. I have an eclectic style, liking vintage to modern. Somehow it seems to work. Incorporating the reason for the season is important to me.
I work in an industry that is very busy at Christmastime, but one of my favorite pastimes is baking. I always try and squeeze in some time for baking cookies. I like to bake several varieties to share with family and friends. These orange cookies are my favorites. They are simple and delicious. They just taste like Christmas to me. I make them every year. Here is the recipe from my good friend, Jean.
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup of butter or shortening (or half of each)
2 tsp. of pure orange extract
Orange zest, optional
Cream sugar and shortening or butter. Add egg, extract, salt, and then the flour (and zest, if you would like). Scoop onto a cookie sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the edges turn slightly brown.
I prefer using all butter for the taste, however I made these cookies in the photo using half of each. Using all butter produces a tastier, but “flatter” cookie.
Kim sent me a bunch of other fabulous photos but they may have to wait for another time so this post doesn’t become a little novel. 🙂 Thank you so much, Kim, for letting us into your festive home!